The Real Crisis in America

Saturday, July 30, 2011

 

WASHINGTON, DC – In a U.S. House floor speech delivered early this afternoon,U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) spoke strongly about his belief that working people need a Congress that understands today’s tough economic reality and focuses on making their lives better by focusing on the real crisis in America, the jobs crisis.

In his remarks, Congressman Cicilline said, “A lot of commentators have been talking about ‘the debt ceiling,’ ‘the market,’ and ‘the jobs picture,’ when what we should be talking about is people – families facing tough decisions, looking for help from a Congress that doesn’t seem interested.”

Congressman Cicilline’s full remarks, as delivered, follow:

“Mr. Speaker,

“A lot of the commentators have been talking about the ‘the debt ceiling,’ ‘the market’ and ‘the jobs picture,’

“When what we should be talking about is people – families facing tough decisions, looking for help from a Congress that doesn’t seem interested.

“Americans are tired of watching Wall Street speculators, CEOs and big corporations call all the shots.

“Working people need a Congress that understands today’s tough economic reality and focuses on making their lives better.

“Unfortunately, because of politics in Washington and extreme ideology, that's not happening.

“My Republican colleagues have been very public about their intention to take apart Medicare and Medicaid to pay for yet another tax cut for the millionaires and billionaires, and to preserve subsidies for Big Oil companies.

“They’ve decided our current economy is the fault of the American people, and now they're going to empty middle-class pockets to pay for it.

“The talk in Washington right now is driven by ideology that really has nothing to do with cost-savings or preserving the American Dream.

“What it’s really about is who suffers and who wins, when Congress decides ideology is more important than job creation, and that Social Security and Medicare aren't worth paying for anymore.

“It’s time we reward people for what they contribute, not what they can get away with taking.

“It’s time we expand opportunity and protect the middle class.

“It’s time to focus on the real crisis in America, the jobs crisis.”

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